Monday, January 21, 2013

Galliano Gets a Second Chance

John Galliano, the fashion genius whose career collapsed when he made anti-Semitic insults in a Paris bar two years ago, has been thrown a lifeline by fellow designer Oscar de la Renta.

Women’s Wear Daily, a fashion industry newspaper, announced on Friday that de la Renta had invited Galliano to emerge from the shadows and work with him for three weeks in his New York studio.

“John and I have known each other for many years and I am a great admirer of his talent,” de la Renta said.

“He has worked long and hard on his recovery and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”

“Everyone in life deserves a second chance,” de la Renta said. “I think that life is about forgiving and helping people.” De la Renta did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

British-born Galliano was the superstar designer at Christian Dior when he was shamed over his public outburst, in which he professed his love for Adolf Hitler. He was fired by Dior and last year in France was convicted of anti-Semitism and fined. Galliano has said he is alcoholic and has been seeking treatment since his downfall.

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